Welcome also to everyone across the district stepping into their new roles, and to those continuing their roles from last year!
An exciting year ahead – we all look forward to working together to build onwards and upwards!
What exciting projects do you have planned during Richard’s year? Let us know here by connecting with us on social media and posting a comment or your event link! Find your favourite way to connect with us here on LinkTree.
Let’s take a moment to acknowledge the stellar effort put forward by our retiring DOUBLE DG, Martyn Bye from Carlton Rotary who this evening passes on the DG baton to Richard Vergette after two whole years of steering the #Rotary District 1220 ship!
Do you have a special memory from Martyn’s time as DG? Did you work with him on a #charity project? Please mention it in the comments below! Post a photo or video!
Martyn – your selfless and forward-thinking projects are greatly valued and shall leave their mark on 1220! Thank you to Martyn and Susan Bye for all your dedication and hard work. Enjoy your rest!
And a special mention, too, for all those who have come to the end of their role as president, secretary, AG, and many other important contributions to the Rotary Wheel! A BIG Thank you! We look forward to working with everyone in 2023-2024.
The fundraising project is quite a challenge and they would welcome your help! They are looking for fundraising ideas and would value your time if you could work with them on this very important drive!
The three clubs have organised an open day for 24th June 2023 at Mapperley Plains Social Club Annexe for fun and fundraising and would love to see you there! They are looking for pioneers of a new style Rotary, ready to serve our community in a fun and very socially rewarding way. Please drop in!
As a district we are wholeheartedly supporting Derrymount School in their efforts to raise money for their much-wanted minibus. We have a dedicated bank account for the Derrymount School minibus into which you can send much appreciated donations.
Name on account – Rotary Club of Carlton
Type of account – Business
Sort Code – 20-55-68
Account number – 50444057
Ref – You may state here where the money is coming from if you wish! Or leave blank as an anonymous donation.
Find out more about the project by watching the video below!
Tim Meek is a teacher at Derrymount School and has put together this video to highlight their valuable work. Please watch his video to see how you can help the school to maintain the high standard of education and experiences they provide.
Our next DG, Richard Vergette, from Isle of Axholme Rotary, is currently preparing to cycle from Lands End to John O’Groats. May 14th is the day! He intends to complete his journey on May 27th. Richard is raising money in aid of End Polio Now – part of the Rotary Foundation. Thanks to the work of the Rotary Foundation together with the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Polio has been eliminated in all but two countries – Afghanistan and Pakistan. Many of you know that Richard’s father was a Polio survivor from the pandemic of 1947 and he will be cycling in his honour.
Contribute to Richard’s epic ride by supporting his cause easily online with Just Giving.
Abbeydale Rotary and Inner Wheel are entering a May Day virtual balloon race to raise funds for Aquabox, Whirlow Farm Trust and Sheffield Young Carers. It is a virtual race run by ecoracing using computer algorithms to determine the balloons positions.
Our race launches at midday on 1st May 2023 from Chicago and lasts 7 days.
Balloons can be purchased for £3 and you can buy as many as you like. You can customise your balloon’s shape, colour andhelium content and then track your customised balloons throughout the 7 day race as it moves subject to real life weather conditions.
The race is open to other organisations as well as Abbeydale Rotary.( ecoracing provide prizes to the overall winners:
1st Prize – £100 Cash
2nd Prize – Amazon Alexa/echo Dot 4th Generation)
Additionally we will also be providing prizes and vouchers for the 3 winning balloons purchased in support of our Abbeydale causes. For example Whirlow Farm will provide a Whirlow hamper for the competition.
You can also purchase a balloon as a gift for friends and family. So here is what we want you to do. Go to Ecoracing – Virtual Balloon Race for Charity & Fundraising
Buy balloons through our page on the link(only £3 each). https://ecoracing.co/cause/rotary-club-of-abbeydale-trust-fund2419/
Decorate your balloon and choose what helium content and thickness may get your balloon to travel the furthest. This can be modified before the race.
Watch the race start on 1st May at Midday.
Login to track your balloons on their journey and see if any are in a winning position as many times as you want over the 7 days
Our fundraising target is £1500 to be divided by the 3 charities we are supporting.
Report by Val Leivers regarding DG Martyn’s project to empower girls in India
I have recently returned from my first visit to the school in Secunderabad since COVID and was able to meet the students and staff in their well-equipped vocational room. All the girls were busy and obviously really enjoying learning their new skills in tailoring.
I was impressed with the two teachers, who are also professional tailors when not instructing in school.
We currently have 42 girls on the course, 25 in year 9 and 17 in year 8 and it is hoped to increase the numbers before the end of the year.
The girls thought it was funny that I had difficulty using a treadle machine as I usually use an electric machine or hand sew. The green sari blouse I am wearing here was made for me by the girls.
The students receive a good academic education alongside their vocational instruction which provides them with valuable employment skills for the future. The students are learning all the basic tailoring skills needed and are already making clothes for themselves and family.
They can now make items for sale, such as cushions and bags to raise funds for the school.
When the first group complete their academic education next year, some may decide to start their own business. Who knows, some may be ready to teach alongside the teachers in the school?
I was delighted when, just before I left India, the girls presented me with a dress, shown below, which they had designed and tailored for me. Someone must have told them that my favorite colour is blue!
Funds are still needed to sponsor girls who are waiting to be included on the course and take this excellent project into the future. Your support really has empowered these girls and given them a future, both academically and vocationally.
If your club would like a face-to-face presentation about this and other projects we have completed in India, I will be delighted to receive an invitation from you!
On behalf of Dr Prasad, the staff, the girls, and DG Martyn, I thank you for your support, it is really appreciated by so many.